Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Not long ago I was having a conversation with a friend about some problems he was having. He kept saying: “I know I need to rely more on the Lord. I’m going to try and have faith…try to read my Bible regularly…etc.” He used the word “try” so often I felt compelled to tell him that it is a failure word — implying by definition the possibility of disappointment (the dictionary defines “try: to make an attempt or effort to do something”). I asked him, “Do you really want to predispose yourself to failure? Why don’t you tell me what you are going to do, when you are going to do it, and how you will do it?” He couldn’t seem to commit to any real plan. Everything had to be qualified. I told him faith and belief don’t work very well with ‘try’ attached.
In our passage today, Paul tells us Abraham’s faith was strengthened because he was fully persuaded. In other words, unlike my friend he was not double-minded. He did not try to have faith — he simply had faith. He didn’t try to believe God — he just believed. Our own lives would be so much simpler if we just learned to live in the same way. God has the power to keep His promises. We experience God’s abundant love and joy by being completely committed to His Word, not leaving a way out by using words like “try”.
Faith is not something we simply “try” this week to see how it works. We either have it (and display it) or we don’t. Do you have faith? Are you fully persuaded that God has the power to do in your life what He has promised?